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25 Quotes To Inspire You To Become A Rebellious Entrepreneur

25 Quotes To Inspire You To Become A Rebellious Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurs are an interesting breed. They go against the grain and create their own path.

Although entrepreneurs are ambitious, they do come across obstacles where just a few words can re-ignite the passion behind their mission, their purpose, and their ultimate goal.

There is a lot of power behind words.  Words can inspire, create emotions, and even start a movement.

You can find quotes every where and people love sharing them. An issue with quotes can be that they are just read and not reflected upon.

Entrepreneurs need to find focus:

– A rebellious entrepreneur is one who shows the desire and will to continue forward despite opposition, negativity, and resist convention.

– Rebellious entrepreneurs will focus on one quote and read it at different times of the day, they will then find that quote itself changes.

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– They will see it under a different light as well as learn something new.

This approach allows you, the rebellious entrepreneur, to focus on one thing with the idea of bringing many possibilities.

These quotes will unleash and inspire the rebel in all entrepreneurs.

Follow these 3 steps with the following list of 25 quotes:

  1. Save them to your computer or bookmark this page
  2. Choose one rebellious entrepreneur quote for the day
  3. Read the quote throughout the day (morning, afternoon, and at the end of your day)

1. “It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot

Maybe you thought about how things would be different if you were more of a risk taker or didn’t have the fear of rejection.  It’s normal to have these feelings.  Remember, if there was no such things as fear then bravery and courage wouldn’t exist.

2. “Great minds discuss ideas.  Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

You can get caught up in the gossip and the constant feeds of events going on.  Gossip only brings instability within your team and organization.  Instead, be the one who crushes gossip and inspires ideas.

3.  “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” – Milton Berle

As an entrepreneur, you are waiting for that one opportunity to be that tipping point where the game changes. If you are finding yourself patiently waiting but nothing is coming, it may be time to bring out the toolbox, get your hands dirty, and build a door yourself.

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4.  “To wish you were someone else is to waste the person you are.” – Sven Goran Eriksson

Like Eleanor Roosevelt said, “Small minds discuss people.” Once you start comparing yourself to other successful people and wishing you were like them or have what they have, the world misses out on you showing who you truly are.  We all have something unique to offer.

5.  “First they ignore you.  Then they laugh at you.  Then they fight you.  Then you win.” – Mahatma Gandhi

It’s not easy being an entrepreneur.  You will not always get the support you need.  You will be constantly rejected and made fun of.  And there will always be someone ahead of you or trying to out-do you.  Good.  It means you are doing something right.

6.  “Our prime purpose in this life is to help others, and if you can’t help them don’t hurt them.” -Dalai Lama

What you do matters.  You must find a deeper purpose of the WHY behind what you are doing.  Don’t worry about building up the bottom line.  It will come once you start focusing on helping others.

7.  “If the path before you is clear, you’re probably on someone else’s.” – Joseph Campbell

As a rebellious entrepreneur, you create your own path.  If you find that the grass is always green and the paths are beautifully manicured then there is a good chance you are missing out on the opportunities waiting specifically for you.

8.  “Beware the bareness of a busy life.” – Socrates

Don’t make yourself seem busy by filling your schedule with mundane tasks.  The main question to ask yourself is if whether or not the tasks will get you closer to your ultimate goal.  Constantly checking your email or social media feeds will not make opportunities pop up any faster.

9.  “Doing nothing is better than being busy doing nothing.” – Lao Tzu

If you are going to do something, make sure it’s purposeful.  You need to keep you energy levels high as a rebellious entrepreneur.  Filling up your day with nonsense will only drain your energy and leave you feeling weak when obstacles or opportunities approach.

10.  “Slow down and everything you are chasing will come around and catch you.” – John De Paola

Don’t rush towards success.  There are no shortcuts.  Take your time and work on your craft.  If the road towards your ultimate goal is easy, it’s not meaningful enough.

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11.  “Life’s blows cannot break a person whose spirit is warmed by the fire of enthusiasm.” – Norman Vincent Peale

It’s important to keep your entrepreneurial fire lit. People and events will try to break you down.  As long as you surround yourself with the right people and you truly believe in your mission or idea, nothing can stop you.

12.  “Trust your own instinct.  Your mistakes might as well be your own, instead of someone else’s.” – Billy Wilder

Give yourself more credit. Entrepreneurs cannot be afraid of listening to their instincts no matter how much criticism you think you will receive.

13.  “Stay away from what might have been and look at what will be.” – Marsha Petrie Sue

If you continue to focus on what might have been if you’ve done something different, then you will miss out on the possibilities that lay ahead of you. It’s best to live in the present, prepare for what’s to come, and remember the past.  Don’t live in the past.

14.  “Never regret. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it’s experience.” – Victoria Holt

Whatever happened, happened.  You can’t change it. Moving forward with regret will only make you feel stuck in the past.

15.  “If you lose today, win tomorrow.  In this never-ending spirit of challenge is the heart of a victor.” – Daisuka Ikeda

Not every day is going to be a good day.  If every day is perfect then you are not reaching high enough.

16. “Don’t wait for your feelings to change to take action.  Take the action and your feelings will change.” – Barbara Baron

You don’t always want to wake up before the sun rises.  But you do.  How you start your morning primes your fitness for taking action.  The longer you wait, the less action you will take.

17.  “Act as if what you do makes a difference.  It does.” – William James

Your idea, services, or product, matters.  Why? Because you believe it matters.

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18.  “We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world.” – Helen Keller

Entrepreneurs can’t expect everything to be positive and filled with roses.  Brian Tracy said, “If you are always on, then you must be on something.”

19.  “It is the way we react to circumstances that determines our feelings.”- Dale Carnegie

When things get rough, you cannot let your emotions take you over.  You may not always have control over your circumstances, but you are in control of your emotions.

20.  “Follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.” – Joseph Campbell

As long as you are doing what you love to do and continue to work at it, doors will open for you.  Active patience is always rewarded.

21.  “You alone are enough.  You have nothing to prove to anyone.” – Maya Angelou

If you are trying to prove something to others, you will learn that when you do reach your goal those people who you are trying to prove something to, still don’t care.

22.  “Live your life for you not for anyone else. Don’t let the fear of being judged, rejected or disliked stop you from being yourself.” – Sonya Parker

When you start worrying about what others think of you and try to make everyone like you, you become less of yourself.  You mold yourself into what others want you to become and you are no longer in control of your own destiny.

23.  “If you believe it will work out, you’ll see opportunities. If you believe it won’t, you will see obstacles.” – Wayne Dyer

Every obstacle means there is opportunity right around the corner.  You approach determines the outcome.

24.  “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill

To live is to give.  A rebel entrepreneur fights against the status quo of building up the dollars in the bottom line and focus on the bottom line being the amount of people they help

25.  “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Without fear there is no such thing as strength, courage, and confidence.

Becoming an entrepreneur takes courage, but having the strength to stay on your journey as a rebellious entrepreneur means you’ve made fear your friend.

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10 Success Principles for Living Your Dream Life

10 Success Principles for Living Your Dream Life

Are you stressed out and overwhelmed, wishing you had more time to do the things that really matter? Are you ready to do something better, something special in your life or your career?

You were born with a gift that no one else in the world can express like you. When you dance to your own music, you naturally develop your innate abilities and excel in work and life. You are a total rock star. But when you live someone else’s idea of who you should be, it throws off your groove.

Many people—maybe you—stopped following their dreams way too early in life because their talents were ignored, minimized, or shamed. They didn’t have the chops to win an American Idol competition or nab an Olympic gold medal, so they stopped expressing their inborn gifts altogether.

You don’t need to be an award winner to rock your life. Living your dream life is about discovering your superpowers and feeling vibrant and joyful when you use them. It’s about owning what makes you unique and finding like-minded people to support you.

Here are 10 success principles to help you live a rich and rewarding life on your terms that have worked with thousands of people in my workshops and will work for you, too.

1. Get a Hobby to Move Closer to Your Dreams

If you never became a professional dancer or a world-renowned author, it does NOT mean you should stop dancing or writing! These activities make you come alive, even if you “only” do them as favorite pastimes.

Engaging in a hobby is one of the most important success principles you can follow to move closer to your dreams.

When you try something creative for the first time or in a long while, you begin to see opportunities at work and in life that you were unaware of before. You also feel happier and more energized, according to a recent study from New Zealand.[1]

Some of my most burned-out executive clients reinvigorated their careers by discovering a creative outlet that refueled them after the workday ended. Research at San Francisco State University shows that having a hobby lowers stress and helps you succeed at work.[2]

So, give yourself permission to try new things and revisit old passions you gave up long ago. Setting aside just one hour a week for personal exploration can significantly change your life.

Who knows? Your creative outlet could transform into a thriving business or lead to a new profession down the road.

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2. Focus on Your Strengths, Not Your Weaknesses

Did you know that you are more likely to succeed when you develop your natural strengths rather than work on your weaknesses? The problem is that you probably don’t know where your true talents lie.

Here are a few options to help you discover your unique strengths. You can:

  • Take the VIA Character Strengths Survey[3]
  • Try Gallup’s CliftonStrengths Assessment[4]
  • Answer a few Superpower Questions

Once you understand what makes you tick, you can use these skills at work and your personal life to get more done in less time. If you boost your unique abilities through practice and study, you can accelerate your career and become a leader in a field that matters to you. It’s worth investing in yourself this way.

3. Jumping off a Cliff is NOT Required

Here’s the deal: most people are too afraid to change. When participants first come to my workshops, they tell me they have mouths to feed, bills to pay, and fear that if they follow their dreams, someone will get hurt.

The old saying “leap and the net shall appear” does not comfort them. Because they are hesitant to plunge into the unknown, they believe their only option is to stay put where they are in life. Can you relate?

You do not have to sacrifice the life you have now to start a new one. I was a psychology professor by day and singer by night for years before I transitioned into a full-time music career.

Just take a little time out each week to do what enlivens you through a hobby, volunteer work, etc. Get a feel for it.

Is it what you really want? If so, increase the time you spend doing it and make the transition when the time feels right.

4. Give Your Inner Critic Some Love

The main culprit that keeps you from stepping outside your comfort zone and getting the life of your dreams is KCRP or K-CRAP – the radio station that plays 24/7 in your head. The moment you try to do something interesting with your life it slaps you down with such chart-topping killer hooks as “Who do you think you are?” and “You’ll never be good enough!”.

Have you ever noticed that KCRP’s mean-spirited DJ sounds like your parents, teachers, bosses, and other authority figures who shut you down creatively? These folks don’t need to stifle you any longer (although they often still do) because your inner critic does it for them. That keeps you stuck in a rut.

To break free, try thinking of this DJ as a gruff old grandfather who gives you crap to keep you safe. Remember, this grumpy grandpa is woefully out of touch with the times. So, his stern opinions don’t really matter much, do they? Give him a pat on the back for his good intentions, and put your focus back on what makes you come alive.

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This success principle will give you the courage to venture into the unknown where you can dance to the beat of your own drummer.

5. Embrace Your Inner Weirdo

Many of us don’t go after our dreams because we’re afraid folks will find out how odd or strange we are. But our little eccentricities often turn out to be our greatest strengths. Yes, it’s good to be quirky.

Odds are, you lost track of your true passions and talents before you were even old enough to know you were getting off-track. You became slowly “adulterated” by learning to:

  • Take on family roles that don’t match who you really are.
  • Spit back what teachers taught you in school rather than risk getting bad grades for being original.
  • Hide parts of yourself that don’t seem acceptable to certain social groups.

The price for fitting in is that you may wind up leading a life that doesn’t fit you all that well. Your true calling becomes clear when you embrace what makes you different from others and allow yourself to stand out from the crowd, even if it feels awkward.

Often, the very qualities you view as your flaws are your greatest gifts.

6. See the Bigger Picture to Find Your True Calling

I cannot stress the importance of this success principle enough. Your true calling is right in front of you. But you may miss it because you’re looking for it in the wrong place.

To “see” it clearly, try widening your point of view.

Case in point: Maria felt she needed to retire early from being a police detective, so she could travel abroad. I encouraged Maria to think of ways that she could continue to serve as a law enforcer (a career she loved) and travel overseas at the same time.

A few months later, Maria landed a job with the United Nations in Bosnia training the local police force to understand and embrace human rights procedures.

Like Maria, you are an everyday rock star capable of accomplishing greater things than you can imagine. Is what you’re looking for right in front of you, too? Do you have an inkling of what it may be?

Look beyond your day-to-day activities, your current job, and even the town you live in. View your life from an eagle’s perspective and be open to new possibilities.

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7. Try a Little Wish-List Magic

Pretend I’m your fairy godmother and I give you permission right now to be your most magnificent self. What kind of life would be music to your ears? It doesn’t matter whether it seems unattainable or even downright crazy. Write it down on a wish list.

Get quiet. Be honest. Think big.

What would you like your career, your relationships, your health, your finances, and your spiritual life to be like? Jot down enough details so that your wishes seem tangible to you. Then, look at this list every morning before you start your day and every night before you go to sleep.

Sounds silly? It’s not. It works! Permitting yourself to daydream about a rich and fulfilling life is the first step to manifesting it.

8. Take Breaks to Get Clues About Your Ideal Future

Did you know that working straight through to a deadline leads to diminishing returns? Research shows that taking a break for 15 minutes every 75 to 90 minutes can help you recharge, refresh your focus, and get more done in less time.[5]

Wait, it gets better! A Stanford study shows that walking increases your creative output increases by 60 percent. Doing repetitive activities such as walking, running, riding your bike, swimming, and sweeping allow solutions to problems to pop into your mind out of nowhere.[6]

What does this success principle have to do with creating your dream life?

These mini-breaks allow you to get vital clues for what to do next to attain your ideal future. Plus, you won’t waste precious time and energy getting lost in other people’s agendas.

9. Take Action on Your Inspired Ideas

Once an inspired thought pops into your mind, take action.

This is one of the most powerful success principles for turning your dreams into reality; the sooner the better. Whatever it is—from calling an old friend to taking a new route home—be sure to do it!

Pay attention to your oddball hunches. You need to go after what you want, not just dream about it. As comedian Jim Carrey warns,

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“You can’t just visualize and go eat a sandwich.”

10. Count Your Rockstar Moments

Still not sure you have what it takes to get your dream life? This final success principle is guaranteed to help.

Make a list of everything you’ve ever accomplished. As you read back through it, put a star next to each item, and let it sink in.

You’ll be pleasantly surprised by how good you’ll feel about yourself afterward. You’ll also see how effective you’ve been in the past at getting what you want. You’ve succeeded before, you can succeed again.

You already rock. You just need to own it. Trust me, you’ve got this!

Final Thoughts

Eleanor Roosevelt said,

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

Following these success principles will help you find the time and energy to do the things that really matter and live with clear intention.

By spending just one hour a week doing something you love, focusing on your strengths and achievements, embracing what makes you different, and acting on inspired ideas, you can create a life that is a perfect fit for you, step-by-step.

If you don’t have a clue about what your dream life could look like yet, don’t worry. Your heart knows. It has been “talking” to you for a long time. It’s just being muffled by KCRP, buried under a lot of “shoulds” and fear.

This article can also help you figure out the life you truly want to live: How to Get Motivated and Be Happy Every Day When You Wake Up.

Stand still, get quiet, and listen. It’s constantly telling you what you need to do to realize your own rockstar potential. It may be just a whisper now, but the more you pay attention to it, the louder it will get, and the easier it will be to follow.

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